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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is committed to taking a collaborative approach to shaping the future of eye health. With this in mind, RANZCO is actively involving community members in the updated development of their robust ophthalmology training program.
Patients, health workers, educators and other experienced community members have been invited to represent the community’s voice on a newly formed panel which will be discussing areas of change for eye health. RANZCO is committed to providing the best quality education, training and continuing professional development for ophthalmologists. Involving the community in decisions about the future of eye health helps to ensure new ophthalmologists have well rounded and comprehensive education, ensuring that patients throughout Australia and New Zealand have access to the best possible eye care.
A community representative is a person who, through actively engaging with RANZCO, advocates for the community. By sharing their point of view, they ensure that decisions made reflect and enhance our focus on best patient outcomes, education and training, and collaboration and collegiality. The activities a community representative will carry out are varied and may include attending committees, working groups or other meetings, observing examinations or providing feedback. After each activity is completed, the community representatives will be required to provide a brief report.
Dr Catherine Green AO, RANZCO Dean of Education explained "It is critically important to listen and respond to the needs of our patients so that as educators we can always continue to provide the highest quality of eye care possible. Involving the community in this way helps to support RANZCO enhance our already proven training program so that it is even more relevant and responsive to the ever changing and complex ophthalmology environment.”
If you would like to find out more or are interested in getting involved, details are available on the RANZCO website or please feel free to get in contact with RANZCO at firstname.lastname@example.org.